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Benjamin Prescott @itsbigben

Outdoor Lifestyle Photographer Vancouver BC Canada Based

http://www.itsbigben.com/

Eight hours into a ten hour drive day there’s nothing more appealing to me than stopping on the side of the road and sprinting through forest trails in search of fog. From a much needed leg stretch somewhere in Northern California on the way home. // @eddiebauer #WhyIHike #EBContributor
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Eight hours into a ten hour drive day there’s nothing more appealing to me than stopping on the side of the road and sprinting through forest trails in search of fog. From a much needed leg stretch somewhere in Northern California on the way home. // @eddiebauer #WhyIHike #ebcontributor

Got all kinds of soaked this morning making this. What you’re looking at is 80 photos, all 1.5 second exposures. But there’s a problem - if you just stick them in the timeline, you have to speed everything up to 24x the speed of reality and it becomes very much a bizarre thing to watch. To get THIS effect, I dropped it all into the timeline and layed a cross-dissolve between each photo to transition from photo to photo smoothly. I think they call this frame-blending in video. Put otherwise, this very time heavy technique is the only way to get this effect. You need long exposures for one, and you need to blur the frames into one another for two. If you know another way, let me know, but so far this is the only way I know to get this effect.
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Got all kinds of soaked this morning making this. What you’re looking at is 80 photos, all 1.5 second exposures. But there’s a problem - if you just stick them in the timeline, you have to speed everything up to 24x the speed of reality and it becomes very much a bizarre thing to watch. To get THIS effect, I dropped it all into the timeline and layed a cross-dissolve between each photo to transition from photo to photo smoothly. I think they call this frame-blending in video. Put otherwise, this very time heavy technique is the only way to get this effect. You need long exposures for one, and you need to blur the frames into one another for two. If you know another way, let me know, but so far this is the only way I know to get this effect.

Something peculiar and very encouraging caught my eye yesterday - so the trail to Delicate Arch is 1.5 miles long. Heavily trafficked and very wide open. Hundreds of people a day, if not thousands walk it from the parking lot to the arch and back. And I couldn’t help but notice not a single piece of trash was anywhere along the trail. Maybe they have a good clean up crew, but I didn’t see anyone cleaning. Maybe it all blew away, but it wasn’t windy. Whatever it is, it was a sight to see. // @eddiebauer #WhyIHike #EBContributor
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Something peculiar and very encouraging caught my eye yesterday - so the trail to Delicate Arch is 1.5 miles long. Heavily trafficked and very wide open. Hundreds of people a day, if not thousands walk it from the parking lot to the arch and back. And I couldn’t help but notice not a single piece of trash was anywhere along the trail. Maybe they have a good clean up crew, but I didn’t see anyone cleaning. Maybe it all blew away, but it wasn’t windy. Whatever it is, it was a sight to see. // @eddiebauer #WhyIHike #ebcontributor

Something about Northern California has been elusive for me, perhaps it’s between my two homes and passing through is just routine. Or the i5 is so far from the coastline - separated by a natural barrier of redwood trees and endless winding roads - and all the mountains are tucked away, far from anything resembling civilization. They even call one of their mountain ranges the Alps, and no one seems to know it. The type of places you put in work to get to and have to spend a week or two or more getting to know; actually parking the car and walking. You see more on foot in a mile than a in a car in a hundred after all. I get the feeling a few days in Mendocino was just a taste and a longer term stay is come due. // @eddiebauer #WhyIHike #EBContributor #EBContributorSummit
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Something about Northern California has been elusive for me, perhaps it’s between my two homes and passing through is just routine. Or the i5 is so far from the coastline - separated by a natural barrier of redwood trees and endless winding roads - and all the mountains are tucked away, far from anything resembling civilization. They even call one of their mountain ranges the Alps, and no one seems to know it. The type of places you put in work to get to and have to spend a week or two or more getting to know; actually parking the car and walking. You see more on foot in a mile than a in a car in a hundred after all. I get the feeling a few days in Mendocino was just a taste and a longer term stay is come due. // @eddiebauer #WhyIHike #ebcontributor #EBContributorSummit

Most people are stuck in a pattern somebody has already laid out for them. Of my life goals, one of them is to figure out what those patterns are and how to avoid them. ///// Easier said than done. I spent a decade of my life in a job I hated that wrecked my body. I didn’t make enough money to leave the job either. The options were: stay in forever, or leave and go into debt. And then my back finally gave out. I had no choice but to take a leave of absence. Part of the rehab for my back was simply to walk every day. My best friend gave me his camera. I took it on my walks and hikes and fell in love with photography. After 2 months, my back was as good as it was gonna get, so I had to go back to my old job. Light duty only, 3-4 days a week, waking up in pain everyday. In the meantime I worked hard at photography, and with the help of friends and family, managed to leave my old career behind the following year, opening up an opportunity to do what I love as a full time job. ///// It’s not easy to do things differently than than the people around you. Leaving your old job is a sacrifice. You will lose money in the short term; maybe even the long term, and you could lose a few friends as well. But you will gain new ones, and it will be worth it, and you will thankful in the end - proving to yourself you are the type of person that will take a risk. ///// Reject the pattern.
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Most people are stuck in a pattern somebody has already laid out for them. Of my life goals, one of them is to figure out what those patterns are and how to avoid them. ///// Easier said than done. I spent a decade of my life in a job I hated that wrecked my body. I didn’t make enough money to leave the job either. The options were: stay in forever, or leave and go into debt. And then my back finally gave out. I had no choice but to take a leave of absence. Part of the rehab for my back was simply to walk every day. My best friend gave me his camera. I took it on my walks and hikes and fell in love with photography. After 2 months, my back was as good as it was gonna get, so I had to go back to my old job. Light duty only, 3-4 days a week, waking up in pain everyday. In the meantime I worked hard at photography, and with the help of friends and family, managed to leave my old career behind the following year, opening up an opportunity to do what I love as a full time job. /////

Woke up yesterday morning, had a coffee, took one look outside and thought “today’s the day I take a photo from the front porch.” This is that. Taken at 11:21am. Took 4 hours of shooting across the valley to get the fog I wanted, and about 5 hours of editing and re-editing to land at this final image.

Yes this is what where I live looks like. This is actually taken from my house. I’m blessed to live here. Funny thing is, I didn’t see that cabin across the valley up in the trees for at least the first two months of living here. It’s pretty far away. And this was taken with a 200mm lens and then cropped in on significantly. Should have been using a 400 honestly but I don’t have one yet. // Photoshop only used for colours and spot removal - no adding of fog or cabins, or deleting of anything important.
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Woke up yesterday morning, had a coffee, took one look outside and thought “today’s the day I take a photo from the front porch.” This is that. Taken at 11:21am. Took 4 hours of shooting across the valley to get the fog I wanted, and about 5 hours of editing and re-editing to land at this final image. Yes this is what where I live looks like. This is actually taken from my house. I’m blessed to live here. Funny thing is, I didn’t see that cabin across the valley up in the trees for at least the first two months of living here. It’s pretty far away. And this was taken with a 200mm lens and then cropped in on significantly. Should have been using a 400 honestly but I don’t have one yet. // Photoshop only used for colours and spot removal - no adding of fog or cabins, or deleting of anything important.

This was definitely one of those “type 2 fun” days for me - where I’m from, almost zero of the hikes have any serious exposure. Out in Kananaskis on the other hand, almost every hike has exposure, and this was supposedly more on the tame side too. As much as I like to think I’m experienced, out of the whole group that went I was easily the most novice - one part of this ridgeline took me half an hour to get coached over after everyone else just walked over it without a second thought. They even got @timber_tails over it before me. But this is a big part of why I go; to learn from people better than myself. There’s no good reason to stay a novice. It’s gonna be a good season. // @eddiebauer #whyihike #ebcontributor
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This was definitely one of those “type 2 fun” days for me - where I’m from, almost zero of the hikes have any serious exposure. Out in Kananaskis on the other hand, almost every hike has exposure, and this was supposedly more on the tame side too. As much as I like to think I’m experienced, out of the whole group that went I was easily the most novice - one part of this ridgeline took me half an hour to get coached over after everyone else just walked over it without a second thought. They even got @timber tails over it before me. But this is a big part of why I go; to learn from people better than myself. There’s no good reason to stay a novice. It’s gonna be a good season. // @eddiebauer #whyihike #ebcontributor

I’ve been super inspired lately by the @joerogan podcast interview (1259) of David Wallace-Wells, author of ‘the Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming’ and deputy director and climate columnist at New York magazine. It’s a terrifying yet inspiring two-hour-long interview laying out a huge amount of problems with our planet, and proposed solutions. Once I got to the end, I just restarted it and listened a second time. Highly recommended. // The summary I can give you is: things aren’t looking good, in fact they’re looking pretty bad, but we are still in the position to turn things around. I would say more, but Mr. Wells lays things out far better than I ever could. So take a listen and let me know what you think of it 🙏🏻 #earthday2019 #davidwallacewells
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I’ve been super inspired lately by the @joerogan podcast interview (1259) of David Wallace-Wells, author of ‘the Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming’ and deputy director and climate columnist at New York magazine. It’s a terrifying yet inspiring two-hour-long interview laying out a huge amount of problems with our planet, and proposed solutions. Once I got to the end, I just restarted it and listened a second time. Highly recommended. // The summary I can give you is: things aren’t looking good, in fact they’re looking pretty bad, but we are still in the position to turn things around. I would say more, but Mr. Wells lays things out far better than I ever could. So take a listen and let me know what you think of it 🙏🏻 #earthday2019 #davidwallacewells

Me:
Everybody Else: calm and colourful sunrise pics of Spirit Island

This is the record so far - 1st time to Spirit Island - August 2016, solo via power boat, 4 degrees and raining (pictured). 2nd time - October 2017, with @socality via power boat, minus 12 Celsius and snowing. 3rd time - July 1st-2nd 2018, with @mikesugianto via canoe, 0 degrees and snowing 😩🤘🏻
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Me: Everybody Else: calm and colourful sunrise pics of Spirit Island This is the record so far - 1st time to Spirit Island - August 2016, solo via power boat, 4 degrees and raining (pictured). 2nd time - October 2017, with @socality via power boat, minus 12 Celsius and snowing. 3rd time - July 1st-2nd 2018, with @mikesugianto via canoe, 0 degrees and snowing 😩🤘🏻

I have NEVER seen Cascade run as hard as it did today. It was actually kind of scary to be there. All the spots I usually go to are completely off limits because if you go to them you will surely die. But I love it, and wanna go back tmrw, except I can’t, because we’re going to a cabin! Fricken hyped. Later losers 🤙🏻🤙🏻🤙🏻 // swipe to the second slide if you realllly wanna feel the power
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I have NEVER seen Cascade run as hard as it did today. It was actually kind of scary to be there. All the spots I usually go to are completely off limits because if you go to them you will surely die. But I love it, and wanna go back tmrw, except I can’t, because we’re going to a cabin! Fricken hyped. Later losers 🤙🏻🤙🏻🤙🏻 // swipe to the second slide if you realllly wanna feel the power

It feels indulgent to say something is worth doing just because it’s available. But I go to the mountains simply because they are there. Right behind my house. No one’s stopping me from going to them, and I own a warm jacket and some hiking boots. Friends are usually available to join - but sometimes they aren’t, in which case I definitely remember the bear spray. @eddiebauer #whyihike #ebcontributor
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It feels indulgent to say something is worth doing just because it’s available. But I go to the mountains simply because they are there. Right behind my house. No one’s stopping me from going to them, and I own a warm jacket and some hiking boots. Friends are usually available to join - but sometimes they aren’t, in which case I definitely remember the bear spray. @eddiebauer #whyihike #ebcontributor

Exploring the world for the very first time
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Exploring the world for the very first time


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